Photos of my mother, Margaret and myself taken after lunch today - in the Coastguard Cafe on the cliffs overlooking Tramore Bay. I planned to take the late afternoon coach to Dublin and had my things in the car, ready to be dropped off at the bus-stop. Before leaving I also had the chance to take a long walk on the beach, and of course, I took photos along the way.
This morning is blue skies and sunshine in stark contrast to yesterday, when the skies were grey and it rained all day. After breakfast with Vajrashura (just back from the UK and Sangharakshita's 90th birthday celebration), I thought I might spend an hour in the Botanic Gardens before coming back to the house for a rest and lunch before going into town, and then on to St. Luke's hospital to see my mother. The men's community in Phibsborough is about 20 minutes walk time to the Botanic Gardens in Glasnevin. I enjoyed a ramble around the gardens and glasshouses, and it brought back memories of previous visits, and of Aksobhin in particular.
The larva of the Vapourer Moth (orgyia antiqua) is colourful and very spiky and, as I discovered while trying to take some photographs, can move quite quickly over foliage. For some shots the caterpillar was moving and for a few stopped moving to feed. While found over much of Britain, and particularly in the south, I only had my first sighting recently in the garden (seven miles south-east of Norwich, U.K.)